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Ombuds by Campus

The Academic Ombud helps resolve academic disputes between students and faculty or administration. When a student is unable to resolve a grievance or complaint through usual means, the Ombud may be able to expedite the process or advise the student about the proper procedures to follow. Problems include, but are not limited to, violation of students’ academic rights, unfair teaching and grading practices, cheating and plagiarism, and discrimination and harassment.

The Ombud Will:

  • Be an advocate for fairness
  • Listen and discuss questions, issues, and concerns
  • Maintain student confidentiality, with the exception of times when, with the student’s permission, it becomes appropriate to mediate between the student and involved parties.
  • Advise individuals about steps to resolve problems informally
  • Advise individuals about formal and administrative options to resolve problems
  • Explain College policies and procedures
  • Point out patterns of problems/complaints to administrators

The Ombud Will Not

  • Make decisions for the student
  • Make decisions for College faculty/administrators
  • Direct any College office to change a decision
  • Determine "guilt" or "innocence" of those accused of wrong-doing
  • Assign sanctions to students
  • Have a stake in outcomes
  • Receive official "notice" for the College about issues
  • Give legal advice

Contact an Ombud

Cooper, Winchester, and Online
Jake Gibbs
jake.gibbs@kctcs.edu
(859) 246-6313
Cooper MB214

Danville and Lawrenceburg
Mark Welch
mark.welch@kctcs.edu 
(859) 246-5890
Danville

Leestown and Newtown
Karen L. Gauthier
kgauthier0003@kctcs.edu 
(859) 246-6698
Leestown M107